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Anyone else think Liggett wanted Ullrich to win?(2 posts)

Anyone else think Liggett wanted Ullrich to win?Fignons_ponytail
Jul 27, 2003 3:11 AM
He truly seemed disappointed that Lance was holding steady. Then when Ullrich took a slider, there just didn't seem to be the usual Liggett reaction. Wonder if Lance snubbed him in interviews or something this year, or if Phil likes Ullrich's comeback story.
"The human drama of athletic competition...."BrianNYC
Jul 27, 2003 4:07 AM
Me thinks it was just hype - although even if you are a fan of LA or TH, it is hard not to like Ullrich as a competitot and his Behind the Muic-esque comeback story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both P & P's commentary and am happy that OLN gives the tour the attention a great sporting event deserves (Sam Posey, the poor man's George Plimpton aside), but TV is a business and the closer the race to the finish line in Paris, the better the story, the more exciting the story, and the better for OLN. I find it hard to believe that ALL of the experts (at least what I heard) thought that LA would bonk again in a time trial after his form in the Pyrenees (Sp.?) - that LA would not at least match or beat Ullrich. None of them said they thought it would be a wash or an outright LA victory - kinda of odd I think. Would you bet against someone with LA's mindset and history? I wouldn't, I would bet on it. Even Roll wouldn't make a prognostication.

Think of how they hyped the "6 seconds in the first kilometer and a half" stuff in a very long time trial. It is all about creating drama, whether it exists or not, during every stage and all the way to the finish.

I give them credit though for even having the balls to call a grand tour, since the fortunes of the riders change so relatively quickly in a stage, let alone over the course of three weeks.